Holy Name of Mary Loaves & Fish Outreach Program

They Shall Hunger No More rev.7:16

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An Ecumenical Effort

Matthew 25:35
"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me..."  Jesus of Nazareth

Each Saturday afternoon two different groups of people get together at Trinity Church in answer to a call from God.  One group are Servers, the other Cooks.

Their mission is to provide a hot, nutritious meal for those in need. 

The cooking team arrives first to prepare a multi-course meal.  The meals are typically a pasta or rice dish, meat, and vegetables, with nutritious beverages, sometimes followed by desert (which may be baked by one of the servers) and coffee.

The doors are open and the servers set up the tables and chairs for the many visitors who will show up.  They spread each table with a tablecloth and set out the flatware.

The visitors arrive and are seated.  At the serving counter the server tells one of the cooking team how many new visitors there are, and the cook prepares a fresh dish for each.  After they serve the new guests the servers look for those who are finishing and ask them if they'd like seconds. 

Often people will enter the kitchen form the parking lot entrance with fresh fruit and vegetables from their garden; baked goods that they'd made or gotten from a local store; salads and sandwiches left-over from a party.  These are quickly incorporated into the dinner or added to the take home meals that are also offered.

The guests don't leave right away, they sit around the tables talking to each other.  They know that once them meal is over, the take-out orders will start to be filled.  At that point the orders come in at the serving counter all over again; "3 take-outs, is there any chicken left?  Give me one with just chicken and some of the left over peaches."  Or, "Give me one with just chili, no vegetables."

When all the guests have left, the serving team clears the tables and breaks down the tables and chairs, clearing the room for the next activity at Trinity Church hall.  The kitchen is a beehive of  action: washing dishes, collecting garbage, scrubbing counters and the floor. 

And then it's over till next Saturday afternoon.

Everyone is welcome at Trinity Episcopal Church hall. 

The guests are served by people from all walks and stages of life.  Parents and children, retirees, police men and women, teachers, firefighters, business people, office workers and store clerks, IT professionals, lawyers, doctors, nurses.  They are of many denomination, attendees of many different churches in six neighboring towns.

The food served comes from varied sources too.  The pantry at Holy Name of Mary in Croton-on-Hudson receives grants to purchase food, materials and the utensils and tools needed to prepare the meals.   Maryknoll sends down fresh food from their gardens in the summer. Food Patch and a number of other organizations help to fill the pantry with donations of food.

It is a wonderful ministry, made more remarkable by the gratitude and even a willingness to help by the guest themselves.

Matthew 25:34-40

34 Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
36 naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'
37 Then the righteous 16 will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'
40 And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'

This Holy Name of Mary Outreach program includes volunteers from the following parishes:
  • Holy Name of Mary, 110 Grand Street, Croton on Hudson, NY 10520

  • All Saints, 201 Scarborough Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510

  • St. Ann Church, 25 Eastern Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

  • St. Augustine Church, Route 9, Eagle Park, Ossining, NY 10562

  • St. Theresa Church, 1394 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. 10510

  • Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 South Highland Ave. (Rt. 9), Ossining, NY 10562

  • New Hope Fellowship, 42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY

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